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The Cadbury History

The inspiration behind Love Cocoa comes from founder James Cadbury's, great-great-great grandfather John Cadbury, who setup Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago. The philanthropist built Cadbury on great ethical grounds, looking after its workforce and improving civil rights. With the family no longer involved, the business was subject to a hostile takeover in 2010 being sold to a US company.

  • 1824

    Aged 22, John Cadbury opens up a grocery shop in Birmingham. As a Quaker, he refuses to serve the popular beverage alcohol, and instead sells tea, coffee, and, fatefully, cocoa and drinking chocolate.

  • 1831

    John Cadbury became a manufacturer, renting a warehouse in Crooked Lane for the production of cocoa and chocolate.

  • 1861

    An ailing John Cadbury passes the business onto his sons George & Richard aged just 21 & 25, with the business in decline.

  • 1866

    George Cadbury goes out to Holland, not knowing a word of Dutch, and buys an innovative new cocoa press from Coenraad Johannes van Houten.

    The press squeezed out much of the cocoa butter from the beans, so it wasn’t necessary to add starches with brick dust commonly used at the time!

    This resulted in the launch of 'Cadbury Cocoa Essence', the UK's first unadulterated cocoa marketed as 'Absolutely Pure. Therefore Best’.

    This helped transform a small business into the worldwide company.

  • 1879

    Cadbury had started to outgrow the Birmingham factory and began looking for land to build its new premises.

    The brothers keen to move away from the grubby conditions of the city,  set about building their "factory in a garden" to provide a clean and healthy working environment for employees.

    They buy land 4 miles from Birmingham and name the new factory Bourneville.

  • 1893

    Cadbury built 24 houses for their key workers before building another 300 houses to form Bournville Village. It was important that they looked after there workers and went to great lengths to do this.

  • 1901

    Philantropist George Cadbury purchased the Daily News and used it to campaign for old age pensions and against sweat labour. As a pacifist, Cadbury was also a strong opponent of the Boer War and used this paper to urge the British government against War.

  • 1905

    First Dairy Milk in launched

  • 1906

    George Cadbury paid £60,000 into a pension fund for his employees. He wanted to ensure every worker was looked after properly and ensure they lived a good life. He donated much of fortune to charities, hospitals and his devoted workforce.

  • 1922

    George Cadbury died at Northfield Manor on 24th October.

  • 1985

    James Cadbury is born.

    His family are no longer involved in the chocolate business with his family known for their generosity and philanthropy.

  • 2010

    Cadbury becomes part of Mondelēz International after a hostile takeover and controversy. The much loved British firm is now in hands of American owners who make a number of promise including that to keep open British factories.

  • 2010

    Within weeks of the takeover going through, Kraft announced it was going to close the Somerdale factory. Four hundred jobs were lost.

  • 2015

    Cadbury confirmed that it would replace the very popular Cadbury Dairy Milk shell.

    Further they axed Christmas chocolate gift to pensioners who worked at Cadbury, one of the longstanding perks.

  • 2016

    Love Cocoa is launched in July 2016 built on the principals of the ethical company Cadbury original was.

  • 2017

    Love Cocoa gain first listings at Fortnum & Mason's, 100 years after they stocked the original Cadbury products.

  • NOW

The Bournville Story

James Cadbury Interview with Campaign Magazine

Interview with The Telegraph

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83 reviews
Disappointed with the delivery

I bought the chocolate bars as a gift as I had bought some at an earlier time, although I like the idea of it. It was disappointing for my friend to not have received the next day. If I was guaranteed next day delivery I would order again.

Thanks for your feedback Yvonne, is really useful. We try and keep our product as affordable as possible offering 1st Class Royal Mail for free (over £15). Since we emailed we have now added a next day guaranteed delivery option and charge cost price for this service.
Subscription v Retail

James something to be aware of: I can buy three bars for £12 in my local wine shop ( Therapy of Wine )
Same thing only costs me 1p less through my subscription.....

Thanks for your feedback Robert. Unfortunately at the moment we have to charge postage on the subscriptions under 15 pounds. We will try and create more subscription options which will avoid this postage charge.
80th Birthday Gift for a Quaker

The gift was very well received and the whole family enjoyed the experience of 'cadbury' chocolate. Beautifully packaged and delivered with no fuss.

Thanks for lovely review Lea, glad the chocolate bars were well received gift :)
Sea salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

Found it to be a crisp & tastey bar. Tends to bring out the cocoa. Never tried this taste before but would purchase again.

Glad you liked this John. The Sea Salt is our favourite bar and is up for an award :)
Chocolate Heaven

The chocolate is absolutely amazing. I think when you read the ingredients list and learn about the refined sugar-free element you possibly prepare your mind for an inferior but healthier alternative. This blew my expectations out the water. This is hands down most of the most elite, superior and exquisite chocolates I have ever tasted. So pure, so creamy and the flavours options are insane. I also sampled to 70% Ecuadorian which was unbelievably creamy and like nothing I have ever tasted. I will definitely be back for more. Please, Please, Please enter this for some of the industry awards. This should definitely be celebrated!

Thanks very much for the review Ryan, glad you liked the chocolate!